Lewis J. Selznick

Lewis J. Selznick

Born May 2, 1870

Lewis J. Selznick was a Jewish-Ukrainian-American producer in the early years of the film industry.

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1870 Birth Selznick was born Lewis Zeleznick in 1870 in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine), and emigrated to the United States at age 18. … Read More


1896 26 Years Old About 1896, he married Florence Sachs, and they had four children. … Read More


1910 40 Years Old In 1910 in New York City, he opened what he called "the world's largest jewelry store"; however, the business closed within a few months.
1914 44 Years Old Fascinated with the fledgling motion picture business, and recognizing a business opportunity with great potential, he joined a film production company. In 1914, he founded World Film Company, a film distribution company in Fort Lee, New Jersey, where many early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in the early part of the 20th century. … Read More
1915 45 Years Old Selznick's company became very successful, in 1915 hiring Sidney Olcott away from Kalem Studios plus the French director Maurice Tourneur away from the American arm of the giant, Pathé.
1916 46 Years Old By 1916, personality conflicts with his partners saw him ousted from the firm by the Board of Directors.


1920 50 Years Old Lewis Selznick continued in film on the East Coast until 1920 when he moved to Hollywood, California where he teamed up with Adolph Zukor and Jesse L. Lasky.
1925 55 Years Old However, within a few years his company, Lewis J. Selznick Productions, Inc., experienced severe financial difficulties and went bankrupt in 1925.


1933 63 Years Old He retired from the business and died in Los Angeles, California in 1933. … Read More
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